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April 05, 2016

April National Car Care Month Maintenance Tips

Spring_maintenance_tipsWhen you put away the winter coats and salt bags, it’s also time to prepare your vehicle for spring, summer, and fall.

April is National Car Care Month, so now's the time to spend a little time and money on some simple maintenance jobs, and it will save you big money and hassle all year.

Check your tires: Even if your car has a tire-pressure monitor, it is a good idea to check your tire pressure once a month. Under-inflated tires, even a few pounds that won’t trigger your dashboard monitor, will cause premature wear and harm fuel economy.

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March 07, 2016

How to Use Your Service Visit Wisely



Your vehicle needs service.

You've chosen to return to the auto dealership where you purchased it over the other option of going to a private mechanic.

By the way, using a private mechanic does have its advantages and you may want to consider them eventually.


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November 25, 2015

Volvo Announces #DrivingDirty Movement, Asks Californians to Help Lessen Drought Impact

Volvo_Driving_DirtyVolvo Cars has created an awareness campaign called #DrivingDirty – a movement focused on water conservation in the midst of California’s current drought. Inspired by the efforts of Steve Hinkle, President and GM of Volvo San Diego, Volvo is asking Californians and their neighbors to stop washing their cars for one month – potentially saving 18 million* gallons of water throughout the state. (*Statistics based on washing your car at home.)

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November 05, 2015

The End Of Daylight Saving Time Means It's Time To Check Your Car’s Lights!

Check_your_car_lights-iStock_000076970183_SmallDaylight Saving Time has ended, and that means fewer hours of daylight until we set the clocks ahead again in spring. Before hitting the road, it is a wise idea to make sure your vehicle's lights are in proper working order, says the non-profit Car Care Council.

"Lights play a critical role in safe driving, as the chance of an accident increases if you can't see or be seen," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "From the driver's seat you may not notice a light that isn't working, so inspect all of your car's lights and replace those that are out."

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October 14, 2015

October is Car Care Month: Let's Chat about #FallCarCare!

Fall_car_care_month-bannerThe non-profit @CarCareCouncil is hosting a Twitter chat on Thursday to help educate drivers about the importance of preventative vehicle maintenance and getting their vehicle ready for winter. Please join in at 2pm EDT on October 15, 2015, to discuss #FallCarCare.

Joining the conversation is easy! Participants are invited to join the twitter chat to ask and respond to questions, and to share about the event by favoriting and retweeting using the #FallCarCare hashtag to share with your followers. They also encourage you to write and send your own tweets using the hashtag #FallCarCare.

To prep you for the event, the Car Care Council is sharing the ten fall car care tips below.

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August 13, 2015

Did You Read Your Owner’s Manual?

Operate_navigation-read_owners_manual-iStock_000042313526_SmallYou just purchased an automobile. New or used vehicles almost always come equipped with an owner's manual.  But most women – more even than men – tend to just glance through it and then put it in the glove compartment to gather dust, and eventually be hidden behind the collections of other paraphernalia that seems to accumulate there.

You are excited. I know you want to get in that new car, and just drive away and show it to all your friends. You really don’t want to take the time to read the manual, perhaps thinking you can read it later. But times have changed. In the ‘50’s all we had was AM radios to keep us entertained. In today’s vehicles, the technological accessories have taken over our once-clean dashboards, converting them into intricate space-age display units, comparable to those found in Star Wars Starship decks. Very few new vehicles today come in basic plain vanilla.

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June 02, 2015

Do-It-Yourself Tips for Saving Money on Car Maintenance

Woman_mechanic_do_it_yourself_car_maintenance-iStock_000045551482_SmallSaving money and making it last as long as possible is something many people attempt each and every day. It’s surprising however that as much as people want to save money, they forget about looking after their vehicle. So let’s take a look at ways to keep your vehicle in shape without having to spend a bucket load of cash on car maintenance.

I often ask the students I’m teaching to drive who’s responsible for the maintenance of the vehicle; the owner of the vehicle or the driver? The correct answer is both. If the owner isn’t the sole driver of the vehicle, the driver should inform the owner if something isn’t working properly. The owner can either fix it themselves or have a professional do it.

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May 01, 2015

Turtle Wax Launches #FreeTheSoul Summer Road Trip Contest

Turtle_Wax-Freethesoul_summer_road_trip_contestProtect the body. Free the soul. That’s the message of the latest campaign from Turtle Wax. It’s about feeling confident in your car and seizing the open road. Starting today, Turtle Wax is giving car lovers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to choose their own adventure.

Turtle Wax believes cars are meant to be driven, not to collect dust in your garage. They should roar, screech, and skid. And no matter the make, model, or year, you deserve to feel great owning and driving your car.

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April 29, 2015

AskPatty's Car Care Tips to Improve Safety and Reliability, Tip #10


Replace Windshield Wiper Blades

Check windshield wiper blades every six months and replace them when cracked, cut, torn, streaking, or chattering for optimum wiping performance and safety.

Results of community car care events held throughout the country last year show that most consumers are neglecting their cars, with seven out of 10 vehicles failing at least one component of the vehicle inspection process.

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April 27, 2015

AskPatty's Car Care Tips to Improve Safety and Reliability, Tip #9


Check The Pressure Of All Tires

Check the pressure of all tires, including the spare, at least once a month.

Check the tread for uneven or irregular wear and cuts and bruises along the sidewalls. Have your car's alignment checked at least annually to reduce tire wear and improve fuel economy and handling.

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